What to do before you deploy:
If you are a member of the United States Armed Forces and are scheduled to deploy, please make sure you take the appropriate steps to either drop your classes or arrange to finish them by distance delivery.
To drop classes before the scheduled 100% refund date, log onto UAOnline , select the Student Services & Account Information tab, click on registration, and then click register/add/drop classes. If you need assistance with this process or need to withdraw after the 100% refund date, you should contact the Office of the Registrar.
Talk to your instructors!
If you are already taking a class when you get your orders, the instructor can help you decide whether it is better to withdraw from the course, continue the course via distance delivery, complete the course at an accelerated pace before you leave, or take an incomplete in the course and finish it upon your return.
If you are trying to plan for new classes to take during a deployment or trying to get one term of classes done before you deploy, your advisor can help you determine which courses, and how many of them would be a good fit. If you are not sure who your advisor is, you may contact the Academic Advising Center or Scott Culberston, Academic Advisor at the Community and Technical College.
Know your limitations!
Finally, consider the limitations of your deployment location and mission. Some students may find they are able to get more course work done when they are deployed while others may not. You may experience poor internet connections that affect your course work and long workdays that may limit the amount of time you have for school.
It is difficult to know exactly how much time you will have or how reliable your computer access will be, but talking to other troops about their experience may be very helpful. Always ask troops returning from deployments to explain what experiences were like in certain locations.
Before you go:
- Inform your instructors. If possible, make a copy of your orders for your instructors.
- Inform your advisor and/or academic department. Ask if they require any leave-of-absence paperwork.
- If you qualify for financial aid, check with the Financial Aid Office to see how stopping your classes will affect any funds you have received.
- Contact the Office of the Registrar if you choose to withdraw or take an incomplete for your courses AND complete the required paperwork.
- Contact your VA Coordinator with the Department of Veterans' Affairs to see how stopping your classes will affect any VA benefits you receive.
After you come back:
- Check with the Office of the Registrar to see if you must reapply for admission to UAF.
- Have official transcripts for any college credits you earned from another school while deployed submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
- Contact your advisor and/or academic department to help determine which courses you need to register for to complete your program. Make sure to notify them of any additional college credits you may have received while deployed.
- If you plan to utilize financial aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the applicable academic year.
- Contact your VA Coordinator with the Department of Veterans Affairs to find out how to reactivate your military benefits.